What is the Cheapest Gibson ES-335?
Usually the non-figured versions with a stain finish
To get the best possible price on a Gibson ES-335, target non-figured models with a satin finish. Figured ES-335s like the 1965 Reissue, and the 1959 Custom are going to be far more expensive. Check the pricing table below for updated numbers.
The cheapest Gibson ES-335s are a kind of base model. They're still incredibly nice, but far more affordable than the Custom and Reissue ES-335s. The non-figured satin models are your best bet if you want to pay as little as possible. They have a non-figured Maple top and a satin finish. Differences on the spec sheet are subtle, but there's not a "bad" ES-335. Also, make sure you note the differences between the Epiphone and Gibson versions of the ES-335 (more on that below).
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Cheapest Gibson ES-335 Electric Guitars from Major Retailers
We've excluded the ES-335 Custom/Reissue models from this table because they are always more expensive. If you want the cheapest, you'll find it in this list. Note that each guitar is listed in descending order based on price, so the one at the top is going to be the cheapest current option.
Prices updated Fri, September 29th, 2023.
This information is intended to function as a price guide and resource and does not necessarily constitute a recommendation or review.
None of the ES-335s listed on this page are used or b-stock, which can predictably be had for a lot less. This depends on the seller, the exchange (Reverb, eBay, etc.), and the year of the model in question. Obviously the condition of the guitar is also a factor.
Retailers like Sweetwater and Guitar Center will have b-stock and factory seconds on occasions, but it's not typical.
But for new guitars, things like the finish, type of tonewood used, and other variations on the spec sheet will usually account for the cost difference.
With the ES-335 it's harder to tell differences on the spec sheet.
You can trust the above table to give you the lowest price first, but you should always browse around your retailer of choice to see what deals/guitars will work for you and which ones might not be a great fit.
Epiphone VS Gibson ES-335 electrics
We mentioned earlier that you should keep an eye on Epiphone and Gibson ES-335 electrics if, for nothing else, to make sure you're not getting them mixed up. You might notice a listing and think it's a fire sale of an ES-335, just to find out it's an Epiphone and not a Gibson.
Epiphone is a great brand, but its main role is to be Gibson's economy brand. They're good guitars for what you pay, but they're not as nice as real Gibson electrics.
If you want to stick with Gibson, you'll definitely be paying four figures.
What kind of discounts can I get if I buy used?
Gibson ES-335s, and Gibson electrics in general, are very stubborn on the used market and tend to hold their value.
In fact, as they get older, a lot of them increase in value and become a sort of collectors item.
If you're going to take the Gibson plunge, we'd recommend buying new.
It's a decision you'll have to explore and make for yourself though.
Check Reverb and eBay for used deals on ES-335s.
Price Alert and Price History Graph
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Price History for Gibson Es-335 Satin Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Vintage Natural
|Current Price||$2,799.00||September 22, 2023|
|Highest Price||$2,799.00||March 17, 2023|
|Lowest Price||$2,799.00||March 17, 2023|
Last price changes
|$2,799.00||March 17, 2023|